Wellsprings of the Great Perfection: The Lives and Insights of the Early Masters
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Wellsprings of the Great Perfection: The Lives and Insights of the Early Masters

by Erik Pema Kunsang
     
 
For centuries, Dzogchen, often translated as the "Great Perfection," was a secretly transmitted teaching, unknown beyond the Tibetan culture. Wellsprings of the Great Perfection explains how the Dzogchen teachings came into the world, who received them, and through whom they passed. This impressive collection of translations, many of which have never before

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For centuries, Dzogchen, often translated as the "Great Perfection," was a secretly transmitted teaching, unknown beyond the Tibetan culture. Wellsprings of the Great Perfection explains how the Dzogchen teachings came into the world, who received them, and through whom they passed. This impressive collection of translations, many of which have never before appeared in English, is drawn from a vast number of original classical Tibetan sources and includes selections of realization songs by early masters of the lineage. The book describes the early Dzogchen masters’s lives and what they taught, with particular emphasis on events that took place before the teachings were transmitted to Tibet. Enhanced by specially commissioned line drawings by a notable living Tibetan artist, as well as by rare samples of the mystical symbolic script of the dakinis, the book is both a fascinating historical document and a source of sacred knowledge and inspiration.

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From the Publisher
"The ultimate origin and absolute teachings of Dzogchen inscribed in this most sacred text and whispered by the greatest adepts of its lineage are finally available in this volume. Every serious student of Dzogchen must study and enshrine it in their heart."
—Tulku Thondup, author of The Healing Power of Mind

"The revelations and other authentic narrations in Wellsprings are translated into the English language by Erik Pema Kunsang...whose flowers of experience and realization are blooming. On this endeavor I repeatedly throw flowers of praise and honor.... The Dzogchen teachings of the Greatest Secret, also known as the Great Perfection, are the words of the compassionate Buddha, and among the causal and resultant vehicles, they are of the type that employ the fruition as the path. Wellsprings of the Great Perfection describes the origin, and gives both short and detailed historical accounts and teachings. I see a profound importance in studying, reflecting upon and practicing the authentic statements and explanations of the Dzogchen lineage masters—especially for people who aspire to realize the Great Perfection—the Thorough Cut of primordial purity, the view of Trekchö. I therefore request readers to keep these scriptures in the center of their hearts.”
—Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, author of Present Fresh Wakefulness

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789627341574
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.58(d)

Meet the Author

Erik Pema Kunsang, who lives in Katmandu, Nepal, is one of the world’s gifted English interpreters of Tibetah. He has studied with and translated for more than 60 Tibetan masters, and is the compiler of The Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Culture.

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